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EU Launches Dedicated New Unit in Financial Crime Crackdown

The EU has set up a new division to fight an expected surge in financial crime and money laundering as a result of the coronavirus crisis, with a focus on the protection of public funding. The unit has been set up in response to the potential increase of financial and economic crime and the involvement…

Are You Ready for RegTech Virtual 2020?

We’ve only got a week to go, and our brand new and fully virtual RegTech Summit is fast approaching. One of the most innovative, exciting and engaging platforms we have ever worked on, we are delighted to bring you two days of unique, insightful and cutting edge content on the most pressing regulatory challenges of…

EU Regulator Offers Guidance on Cloud Outsourcing

ESMA has issued new guidance this month to help financial providers understand their compliance responsibilities when outsourcing functions or investment activities to cloud-based providers. Published on 3 June in in draft form and currently open to consultation, the proposals are designed to help firms mitigate the risks that they are exposed to when outsourcing to…

Singapore Introduces ‘Fairness Metrics’ for AI Adoption

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) announced today that the first phase of its Veritas initiative – a framework for financial institutions to promote the responsible adoption of Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics (AIDA) – will commence with the development of fairness metrics in credit risk scoring and customer marketing. The 25-member consortium will publish a white…

FCA to Increase Surveillance Scrutiny Over Market Abuse Concerns

In its latest Market Watch of May 2020, the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) shines a spotlight on the challenges of monitoring against market abuse during the coronavirus pandemic – warning that it will continue to take enforcement action, and urging financial services firms to review and where necessary upgrade their systems and processes to…

EU Issues Warning to Member States Over 5AML

More than half of the EU’s member states have failed to fully implement the 5th Anti-Money Laundering Directive, according to the European Commission (EC). The authority has sent letters of formal notices to 17 countries – including Cyprus, Hungary, the Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain – which it says missed the official implementation deadline…

And the Winner Is….

The results are in, and A-Team Group is delighted to announce the winners of our annual RegTech Insight Awards, celebrating the very best and most innovative solutions and providers within the fast-growing RegTech space. Now in their fourth year, the prestigious annual awards recognise both established solution providers and innovative newcomers, seeking to herald and…

Industry Supports Pre-Cessation LIBOR Fallbacks, Finds ISDA

ISDA has found that a significant majority of practitioners would prefer to include pre-cessation and permanent cessation fallbacks without optionality or flexibility. The feedback comes in response to a consultation launched by ISDA in February which asked whether the 2006 ISDA Definitions should be amended to include fallbacks that would apply to all covered derivatives…

Trade Body Calls for Stronger FinTech Regulatory Framework

While the UK has set the global standard for an effective and supportive approach to FinTech regulation, as the sector matures, change is needed to help launch more firms successfully into the global market, according to a new report from financial services trade association TheCityUK. Regulatory hurdles remain a barrier and difficult to understand within…

Saudi G20 Presidency and BIS Launch RegTech Innovation Hub

The Saudi G20 Presidency and the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) Innovation Hub have launched the G20 TechSprint Initiative to highlight the potential for new technologies to resolve regulatory compliance (RegTech) and supervision (SupTech) challenges. The problem statements identify challenges in regulatory reporting, analytics, and monitoring and supervision, and have been developed from submissions received from Financial Stability…